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An Automated Fence Is Automatic Time Management


Running a family-owned and operated business can be quite a daunting undertaking. When you have your entire life and fortune invested in its success, you don’t have a whole lot of room for error, and you certainly can’t afford to waste time or materials. Learn how a decision to invest in an automated fence changed one business owner’s use of time.

Just talk to Robert Schramm, founder and owner of Timeless Reflections—Antique Mirror Glass Company located in Princeton, Illinois. Rob is a mirror designer by trade and an incredibly skilled carpenter. He runs his business with his wife, Jo, and his daughter Aubrey. Together the Schramms work long hours ensuring that their customers, private and commercial, are given the utmost care and consideration. “We are not a large corporation where you will get lost in the mix or treated like a number, each customer is as important as the next.”

Automated Fence Saves Time

When Rob began noticing inefficiencies in his business’s crate-building process, he knew they needed to be addressed as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. On average, it was taking Rob 1.5 hours to build a single crate for his high-end mirrors. He was wasting too much time measuring parts because he couldn’t afford to cut them inaccurately and waste expensive material.

Rob heard about SawGear by TigerStop, an automated fence that could attach to his chop saw and quickly measure parts with accuracy up to 0.008 of an inch. But Rob was wary about investing in an automated solution and even warier of what his wife and business partner might think. Ultimately, the Schramms decided to give SawGear a try.

So how did Rob’s investment pay off? When we spoke to Rob, this is what he had to say: “In the first seven months of owning a SawGear, it paid for itself two times.”

Time is money, and Rob’s savings were evident right away. SawGear reduced Rob’s labor time fourfold in the crate-making process. “At the most, it takes 20 minutes” to make each crate with SawGear. “The finish carpentry that I do has become so simple,” he says.

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Schramm explains, “For those of you on the fence about buying a SawGear: I too was once on the fence. I mean, let’s face it, this is not an inexpensive tool, but let me tell you, the investment has proven to be worth each and every cent. [SawGear] may be costly, however, as an owner of this machine, I can without a doubt testify that it may be the single greatest tool on the planet. I use it for anything and everything that needs a spot-on measurement.”

And what was Jo’s reaction to SawGear? “Buy [SawGear] and you’ll have to ask forgiveness from your wife, but only until she sees how much better your life is and how much extra time you have. [My SawGear] has paid for itself many many times its cost.”

Rob is even getting the word out to other tradesmen. “I just showed [SawGear] to two guys last week, and when they said as contractors they couldn’t afford it, I told them that they couldn’t afford not to have it.”

Running a family business, although a great deal of work, brings the Schramms immense pride and satisfaction. Building high-end mirrors for top-of-the-line private customers and commercial spaces is what this family loves to do. They have been able to grow their business by identifying areas of waste and investing in technologies such as an automated fence to combat those inefficiencies. Working hard can never be discredited, but working smart has paid off for the Schramms and Antique Mirror Glass Company.

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